A manufacturer of household products says it will build two wind turbines at its largest global manufacturing plant, Waxdale, located in Mt. Pleasant, Wis. “The wind turbines let us expand use of green energy in manufacturing our products,” says Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson Fisk Johnson. “When completed, these wind turbines will generate on average 100% of our electrical energy on-site at the plant, with about 60% of it coming from renewable sources.”
Waxdale, the size of 36 football fields, is SC Johnson’s largest global manufacturing facility. The wind turbines will generate about 8,000 MWh/yr. The turbines are expected to be about 415-ft high. The wind turbines are the latest in a series of renewable-energy production investments at the plant. In addition to the practical energy and sustainability benefits, the investment in the facility continues the company’s commitment to manufacturing in the Racine community.
Wind turbines – facts and benefits
A few facts about the wind turbines include:
- The company expects the wind turbines will produce about 15% of the electrical energy used there.
- The remaining 85% of the plant’s electrical energy requirements can be produced by two co-generation units installed during the last decade that produce electrical energy and steam. About 27 million kWh/yr or 45% will be renewable energy from landfill gases used by co-generation unit one, on average, the remaining 23 million kWh or 40% will be from methane and clean energy used by co-generation unit two.
- The electricity generated will have the energy equivalent of more than 600,000 gallons of gasoline/yr, equal to an average amount of gas used by more than 1,100 cars annually.
- This effort will reduce annual carbon emissions associated with powering the Waxdale plant by six thousand metric tons.